United Community's Creekside VIllage Community Center was honored with a 2019 NCS Distinguished Partner Award at the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services' Partners and Staff Recognition Ceremony on May 23. Pictured accepting the award from NCS director Chris Leonard (center) are Yolonda Thompson (right), Creekside Village Community Center manager, and Rasidata Njai (left), youth development specialist.
These annual awards honor individuals and organizations who assist NCS in fulfilling its mission of bringing people and resources together to strengthen the well-being of individuals and communities -- and who go above and beyond the expectations of a traditional colleague, partner, or contractor.
"Yolonda and her team are strong advocates for the children who they serve at Creekside Community Center. The Center is a nurturing and positive good learning environment. They build relationships with the children and parents, and collaborate with NCS, FCPS and other entities to ensure that children thrive socially and academically. Bringing people and resources together is what they do. As some of the children attend Fort Hunt Elementary School which is close to 30 minutes away, the center staff is in communication with the school to ensure that children are able to attend the events."
She continued: "Thanks to Yolonda and her team, they were able to obtain new floors and a new look for the center. There are constant efforts to increase parent involvement as well. The push for learning technology and projects related to STEAM creates a caring environment that sparks interest and creativity in math and technology. Thank you for all that you do to connect, collaborate, and strengthen. the Creekside Community."
We are proud and grateful to have you on our United Community team, Yolanda and Rasie! You exemplify our mission to empower youth and families to create bright futures for themselves -- congratulations!
(May 2019, United Community Enews)